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The Iron Messenger: An IMPACT Publication, June 2018 Issue

Project Highlights

I-74 River Bridge

Ironworkers from Local 111 (Rock Island, Ill.) with P.J.R. and Associates (Campbell Hill, Ill.), Civil Constructors (East Moline, Ill.) and Lunda Construction (Black River Falls, Wis.) have started tying rebar on the I-74 River Bridge between Bettendorf and Moline. The 1.4 billion project is a joint venture of Iowa and Illinois Departments of Transportation. The complex project with many stages is on an aggressive, 3.5-year schedule, to be completed in 2020. The bridge will have two spans with four lanes and shoulders on each side, including a 14-foot bike path.

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150 North Riverside

The Iron Wokers Local 63 in Chicago with Permasteelisa North America Corp. (Burr Ridge, Ill.), CK2 Contracting Inc. (Downers Grove, Ill.), Crown Corr Inc. (Gary Ind.), Specialty Construction, LLC (Lombard, Ill.), Christopher Glass & Aluminum, Inc. (Chicago) and Dorma Automatics (Lake Bluff, Ill.) built the 1.2 million-square foot, $450 million, 54-story, 150 North Riverside superstructure on the west bank of the Chicago River. The rippling texture of the stunning building fa├žade was created by undulating fins affixed at each vertical mullion in the unitized curtain wall system. Over 100-foot tall grand lobby is surrounded by a structural glass fin wall system. The project generated approximately 70,000 regular and overtime work hours.

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Industrial Info

IMPACT provides Industrial Information Resources’ (IIR) PEC reports to partner Local Unions and District Councils. PEC reports
identify specific project related data. Learn More

Two examples:

West Point Vaccine Plant Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Bldg 38a Capacity Expansion

Dalton Grassroot Solar Photovoltaic Module Manufacturing Plant

Dodge Pipeline

IMPACT provides complementary Dodge Pipeline access
to all partner contractors and local unions. Learn more

Two examples:

American Shizuki Manufacturing

Wamego Power Plant Storage Building

Spotlight on Safety, Training and Leadership

Safety Spotlight

OSHA Construction Safety Rules You Should Know

Besides managing safety on the job site, you also need to be concerned about keeping up with OSHA’s construction safety rules. All the laws and regulations are there to help, but they can be lengthy and confusing. Just keeping track of every rule while running a fast-paced construction site can be daunting.

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Training Spotlight

IMPACT Summer Training in Ann Arbor

Improving the Effectiveness of Your Team or Crew

Developing Your People By Coaching With Respect

Leadership Strategies Motivating a Changing Workforce

Introduction to Lean Project Planning

Introduction to Lean Project Delivery

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Leadership Spotlight

Business Toolbox: How to Produce a Winning Estimate

Winning new work is critical to a construction company’s survival, and the key to prevailing over competitors often comes down to providing the best cost estimate on which a bid is typically based.

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Report: US Construction Industry Has a Bright Future

A new report from the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation, Vertical Market Outlook Series – Construction, said the near-term residential and commercial construction markets should continue to grow. Read more

AGC: Material Prices Growing Fast, Tariffs Threaten More Increases

In an analysis of the U.S. Department of Labor’s producer price indexes and employment cost indexes, the Associated General Contractors of America found that material prices rose nearly 9 percent from May 2017 to May 2018 – the biggest annual increase in seven years. In addition, the AGC said the latest price data did not include hikes due to tariffs, which could pinch contractors even more. Read more

Construction Industry Tackles The Opioid Crisis

Opioid use and abuse among construction workers has become the industry’s silent crisis. It frequently begins with pain, typically from jobsite-related injuries, including falls, or from tasks involving repetitive motion. Read more

Slow Pay Adds $40B Annually To Construction Industry Costs

In its Construction Payment Report 2018, construction loan software provider Contract Simply revealed that late payments from customers cost the commercial construction industry $40 billion annually. Read more

BIM Beats Paper: How Digital Construction Data Management Is Becoming Status Quo

The use of mobile devices and the need to network disparate databases will hasten the technology’s adoption as the de facto construction management platform. Read more

How Augmented Reality Will Innovate BIM Visualization

Modern BIM software, like Autodesk BIM 360, allows data to be easily shared between organizations and individuals. The key stakeholders of a construction project, from the architects to the engineers, the foremen to their workers, are all working from the same plan. Consistency is crucial for the effective construction of buildings and large infrastructure projects. AR’s ability to present the data in a clear and straightforward manner makes for an ideal visualization platform. Read more

News and Resources For Ironworkers

The Story of the Ironworkers Who Built the World Trade Center After 9/11

Rise follows the ironworkers who helped turn the nation’s most hallowed pile of rubble into 1 World Trade Center – a 1,776-ft. tall icon. Watch it here

Iron Workers Local 25 Hudsonville Training Center

The Iron Workers Local 25 (Detroit) new $1 million, state-of-the-art, Hudsonville Training Center is starting to take shape! The first apprenticeship training class was held in the facility last month. They had classroom instruction and the opportunity for practical application. They unloaded equipment from Battle Creek and put their rigging skills to test by placing the equipment around the shop. The training center is a product of IMPACT grants. Visit website

News and Resources For Contractors

Partnering II

Partnering’s bottom line: a construction industry process that strengthens both projects and partners, tightens schedules, safeguards quality, and enhances each partner’s competitive edge. Read more

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Suffolk Partners With Startup On Artificial Intelligence For Safety

General contractor Suffolk has partnered with the startup on technology that uses image recognition to detect safety risks such as workers missing protective equipment. We are proud of our partner contractor for taking this step to ensure safety on the job site. Learn more

Insights On Building Partnerships With Employers and Customers

Iron Workers new General Treasurer Bill Dean shares thoughts on the importance of building partnerships with contractors and end users for success. Watch it here

IMPACT and Ironworkers In The News

Chester County Hospital Expansion

Iron workers raised the final beam into place for Chester County Hospital’s 250,000 square-foot expansion. The beam was signed by staff and included the hospital’s “ICARE” values: “Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.” Read more

Ironworker Who Has Dangled Atop Chicago’s Tallest Skyscrapers Is Still Climbing

The ironworkers clambered onto the Willis Tower roof, 1,450 feet above the city. Then they climbed higher. The mission: complete the installation of one of the skyscraper’s massive antennas, another 290 feet skyward. Learn more

Upcoming Events

Construction Contracting Business Fundamentals Academy Track 1: Establish Your Business – Jul 16 – 20, 2018
Project Leadership and Project Management– Jul 16 -17, 2018
Introduction to Lean Project Delivery – Jul 16, 2018
Advanced Layout and Total Station – Jul 16 – 20, 2018
Bluebeam Revu Fundamentals – Jul 16, 2018
Introduction to Lean Project Planning – Jul 17, 2018
IMPACT Safety and Health Roundtable Meeting – Jul 17, 2018
Document Control and Measurements Using Bluebeam Revu Articulating Value: Identifying Your Competitive Advantages – Jul 17, 2018
Bluebeam Revu Fundamentals – Jul 18, 2018
Lead With Respect – Jul 18 – 19, 2018
Leadership Strategies: Motivating a Changing Workforce – Jul 18, 2018
Document Control and Measurements Using Bluebeam Revu – Jul 19, 2018
Improving the Effectiveness of Your Team or Crew – Jul 19, 2018
Developing Your People By Coaching With Respect – Jul 19 – 20, 2018
Improving Construction Productivity – Jul 20, 2018